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Alesana Tuilagi and Tom Wood red carded following touchline brawl

perhaps understandably, Tuilagi does immediately go for ashton. He tries to punch him, succeeds with the first one (punch into ribs, stomach area), mostly fails with the second, and after that its a melee. Tuiligi's intention to lay into Ashton is a serious part of it from the ref's perspective. he obviously just wanted to teach players a lesson, and didn't think yellow would do it. Maybe he was right in this regard? However Ashton did get away scott free, which is a pity - petty move on his part.

3 Years, 2 Months ago

Commentator Michael Corcoran the Cookie Munster

@Huh - I suppose radio commentators are usually more 'urgent' and engaged as they have to paint a picture so to speak. The lack of passion in TV commentators is really annoying, and often complained about, quite rightly. (Thou the Auzzies do seem to get it right on TV)

Corky just gets in there and hits top gear v early on - thou I hadn't heard his overdrive gear before, as the cookie monster!

Personally, I prefer the urgency over the laconic - with Corky, its as if the team are always on the tryline, even when they are on their own 22...

3 Years, 3 Months ago

Peter Stringer commits daylight robbery on James O'Connor

absolutely perfect. That's a wily old fox, eh? One who should be playing somewhere! What is the story with him still at Munster and only 3rd choice, based on age not ability?

3 Years, 3 Months ago

Commentator Michael Corcoran the Cookie Munster

Kermit just makes it, doesn't he? Its all about the ....timing.

3 Years, 3 Months ago

Wallabies crush the Barbarians in Matfield's farewell game

Here is the Stringer clip. Brilliant! showed the young lad a thing eh?
always clever - he so should be playing somewhere at the mo! 3rd choice in Munster based it seems on age not talent. Will surely be snapped up soon?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3t-ZERw4K8s

3 Years, 3 Months ago

Ronan O'Gara does it again with late winner against Castres

this has to be seen/heard to be believed: let's just call it the Cookie Munster (Irish ppl will especially know this, but anyone into rugby or even just into smiling will like this....)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4FU9SvW-Bk

3 Years, 3 Months ago

Steven Shingler red carded for spear tackle against Cardiff Blues

i dont think the player was being especially theatrical - just trying to get out of the tackle and TBF he got straight up and went into attack. Didn't have to, could have laid down to guarantee the sending off.

3 Years, 3 Months ago

Ronan O'Gara sinks Saints with injury time drop goal

Owens did make some strange calls, but they went both ways. For sure.

e.g. the ball was _already_ travelling forward before it clipped ROG's hand...for a Northampton try.

And a genuine hand on the ball in the lineout was pinged as interfering with the player at a crucil time near the end. It went both ways, and caused a try twice (one _each_)

Incredible match thou - first time in years there have been tickets at the door (Irish recession for ya) at thomond... imagine a regular not going this time cos it was 1st round!

Dogie was incredible - MOTM IMO - completely underused by Munster. and ROG, whatever u think f him ,has to be up there with Carter as the best kicker in the world. At least as good as carter kicking wise (tactical and place). RWC and this game just confirm that.

Northhampton have great pack and back 3, but they need to fill in the bits inbetween....what a pack thou.

3 Years, 3 Months ago

Sam Warburton red card in Rugby World Cup Semi Final

Rolland's decision was wrong, I have now decided, for the following reason. here's the quote:
'The lifted player is dropped to the ground from a height with no regard to the players safety.. a red card should be issued for that type of tackle.'

see the bit in the middle: "with no regard to the players safety". I contend that Warburton showed _some_ regard in relatively benignly dropping Clerc upper back neck and back of head at one and the same time. He could have dropped him 'more badly', in other words.

3 Years, 4 Months ago

All 600 Rugby World Cup players in just over two minutes

love them Canadian beards.....

3 Years, 4 Months ago